Hawaiian Fried Rice

We made some grilled Hawaiian chicken not too long ago and I was debating what to serve as a side dish with it. We had a couple cups of leftover rice in the refrigerator and I thought a batch of Hawaiian fried rice might be perfect! They went together really well!

I really enjoyed this rice - it is simply seasoned, but balanced so well with the sweet, salty, and different textures from the sauteed vegetables and the tender pineapple. The original recipe linked below included ham in the fried rice which I love the idea of - I just figured since we were using this as a side dish we could omit (plus, I didn't have any!)

If you have a tropical themed meal coming up, give this one a try soon!

Hawaiian Fried Rice adapted from The Recipe Critic

1 small white onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
salt and pepper
1 TBS Vegetable Oil
2-3 eggs lightly beaten
3 cups rice cooked
1 cup pineapple tidbits
1 TBS sesame oil
2-3 TBS soy sauce more or less to taste

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the vegetable oil, and saute the onion and bell pepper until they begin to caramelize and brown, about 10-12 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper during cooking. 
  2. Slide the vegetables away from the center of the skillet, leaving and opening in the center. Add a little extra oil or spray the center with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Add in the eggs, and scramble with the spatula. When mostly cooked, blend into the vegetables.
  4. Add in the cooked rice and pineapple tidbits and toss gently to combine. Pour the sesame oil and soy sauce over the top, blending in. 
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
  6. Serve immediately. 

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